We’re used to seeing lots of unusual cars and prototypes, but we’re not exactly sure what this strange Mercedes is.
Noticed by Carscoops reader Gor while scrolling through Instagram, the mysterious model is apparently based on the pre-facelift Mercedes-AMG C63.
However, it has been extensively modified as it features a revised front end, bulging fender flares, modified side skirts and an increased ride height. The end result has a Volvo S60 Cross Country kind of vibe.
Making things more peculiar is the fact that the pictures appear to have been taken at Silverstone and the Merc has wheels that can be found on the Aston Martin DBX. Given all of this, it might have been an early mule for Aston Martin’s first crossover.
That’s just speculation, but Aston Martin and Mercedes have been partners for nearly a decade and the DBX is powered by an AMG-sourced twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 that produces 542 hp (405 kW / 550 PS) and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm) of torque. It enables the crossover to accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 4.3 seconds and hit a top speed of 181 mph (291 km/h).
It’s also worth mentioning the model is unlikely to be a ‘baby DBX’, as Aston Martin has ruled out a smaller crossover, but left the door open for a crossover coupe and a seven-seat variant.